Splinting/ bracing recommendations

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Splinting/ bracing recommendations :

Braces and Splints comes in a variety of styles and sizes Whereas Braces and Splints are often used to treat acute injury—for instance, holding a sprained neck, knees, or sprained ankle stead. Its is also used to manage chronic pain.

What are the Functions of Braces and Splints?

Bracing and splinting are used to achieve three primary goals :

  • To support weak or damaged joints
  • To keep discomfort and inflammation from worsening by restricting mobility in order to provide a measured and steady force to a stiff (ankylosed) or constricted owing to scar tissue joint (arthrofibrosis).

The other type of splinting is known as "dynamic splinting," and it uses a dynasplint or orthosplint. While other uses are static in nature, dynamic splinting not only stabilises a joint but also aids to offer that joint with a wider active range of motion (ROM) through dynamic stress. Secondary goals set by a therapist or clinician to facilitate recovery, reduce additional irritation/injury, and unload a joint may include unloading braces, like in the case of osteoarthritis of the knee.

Splinting/ bracing recommendations

Chronic Pain Conditions for Which Bracing or Splinting May Be Beneficial :

Braces and splints may be useful in treating a variety of pain-related problems since they provide multifunction therapy. As an example :

Carpal tunnel syndrome : The objective is to immobilise the wrist and keep it from flexing excessively in order to avoid "pinching" or compressing the median nerve. Wrist splints can alleviate the discomfort, tingling, and numbness associated with carpal tunnel syndrome by preventing your wrists from being twisted in ways that strain the nerves, particularly when you asleep. More about carpal tunnel syndrome.

Low back pain : There are two types of braces that may be used to treat low back pain: soft braces and stiff braces. Soft braces operate by enhancing the pneumatic mechanism in the abdominal core, producing internal stiffness, and therefore supporting the spine. To provide the brace stiffness, use hard brace stays or bolsters. Braces may be beneficial for the following spine problems that cause low back pain: Spinal braces can give support and comfort for a wide range of back ailments and are occasionally used to stabilize your lumbar spine (low back). More information about low back discomfort.

Muscle strains or sprains : Elbow, knee, ankle, and foot braces are often used for ligament and tendon strains or sprains. According to Tiziano Marovino, DPT, MPH, DIAPM, a member of PPM's Editorial Advisory Board, a grade 1 or 2 sprain does not require external stabilisation, but a 2+ to 3 or higher may benefit from bracing.

Neck Pain : Neck discomfort is also treated with two types of braces: soft collars and stiff collars. For example, whiplash injuries can be treated with a soft brace for 2 to 4 weeks following a car accident. Rigid braces give additional support and dynamic stresses targeted at mechanically shifting the neck to thoracic spine position i.e. reverse forward head postures. Braces, such as cervical collars, may be effective for some spine problems that cause neck pain, as they are for low back pain: neck traumas e.g. whiplash. Collars are routinely used following neck surgery. Neck braces might help to stabilize your cervical spine or neck.

At TheraCure, our Scope of Physiotherapy includes

  • Muscle strength and muscle length evaluation & quantification
  • Recommending remedial exercises
  • Physical treatment by electrotherapy modalities like diathermy, ultrasonic therapy, contrast bath, cryotherapy, hydrocollator, trans-electric muscle stimulation, also different therapeutic exercises by machines
  • Applying manual therapy, mobilization, manipulation of soft tissue techniques etc.
  • Myo-fascial release massage to lengthen tight/ contracted tissues.
  • Make an exercise folder for the client to take home.
  • Aid in-home evaluation to make the environment barrier-free and accessible.
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